Environmental Science & STEM
Frankston Primary School is committed to:
- developing our students’ knowledge, skills and values that allows them to experience and form a connection with their local environment, develop positive attitudes and values towards environmental responsibility and empower them with the confidence and ambition to know they can make a difference to our world through active local and global education
- building foundational STEM skills in encouraging students to feel positive and enthusiastic about STEM; empowering our students with the skills and mindset to succeed and adapt to their changing world, ready to apply their learning into their secondary schooling experiences.
In this key specialist learning area students learn the importance elements of Environmental Science through a focused STEM approach.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Through STEM, students develop key skills including:
- problem solving
- critical analysis
- independent thinking
- digital literacy.
Through an Environmental Science lens students will connect to the many terrific local resources within our local area, including Beauty Park, George Pentland Botanical Gardens and the Frankston Beach foreshore; as well as our own veggie garden, orchard and soon to be chicken-coupe, creating amazing hands-on learning experiences for our students and helping them to build local connections with their world and community.
Through their Environmental Science learning, students will develop key skills including:
- Group cooperation
- Exploration and investigation
- Analysis and reflection
- Promotion and influence
- Hypothesising, methodology and active scientific skill development
- Community connection and global education.
Frankston Primary School is committed to our school sustainability. From our environmentally friendly ‘smart building – the Dolphin Centre’, water tanks that support our toilet flushes, co-mingle waste bins and upgraded solar panels supporting our electrical energy use.
Some of our initiatives include:
- Clean up Australia Day
- Walk to School Day
- Vegie garden and orchard – to be re-developed
- Chickens – soon too come
We are also looking forward to where we will go next as our school continues to build the area of sustainability across our school.
Frankston Primary School places a large importance in fostering high-level student creativity through our Visual Arts program.
At Frankston Primary School – learning through Visual Arts looks like:
- Helping students to develop creative problem-solving skills
- Supporting students to build difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand.
- Building students’ development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
- Learning about colour, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary across a variety of visual art mediums. Integrating art with other learning areas.
- Building on Arts experiences to boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
- Creating open-ended challenges for learners at all levels.
- Education and connection in how students observe their world
- Connection – connecting students with their own culture, the diverse cultures within our Frankston PS Community, as well as with cultures of the wider world.
We proudly showcase our amazing students’ artwork within our school and wider school community.
Performing Arts plays an important part in each child’s education at Frankston Primary School. All students from Prep to Grade 6 participate in a specialist Performing Arts class, encompassing singing, dancing, performance and playing a variety of musical instruments.
Frankston Primary School views Performing Arts as an essential method of communication and learning for children, with learning and activities strongly linked to the building and support of language development, how students perceive the world through their senses, and allows students to understand (observe), explore and experiment, and express their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Performing Arts at Frankston Primary School promotes in students:
- Creativity and innovation
- The building and development of self-confidence and presentation skills
- A medium for self-motivation and self-expression
- Empathy and compassion
- Problem solving skills and memory development skills
- Cultural awareness and appreciation
- Physical and personal development
- Language, literacy and communication skill development
- An open and comfortable environment for receiving and giving constructive and positive feedback for growth and improvement.
Performing Arts and a Sense of Community at Frankston Primary School
In Performing Arts, almost all ideas are considered, creating a unique sense of community within peer groups. Strong relationships are built as students develop an understanding of each other and learn to work together. The co-operation required results in members feeling included and accepted and it’s this safe and comfortable environment that allows each child to flourish.
Performing Arts also contributes to Frankston Primary School’s strong sense of community across our school. Performances such as assembly items, small class performances, choir performances and our annual school concerts are put on at varying times through the school year, where parents, carers and families are invited to enjoy the hard work of students. These shows are the chance for our students to feel connected to the wider community of their school, as well as enjoying the opportunity to show their loved ones their recent efforts.
All students from Prep to Grade 6 participate in specialist Physical Education classes throughout the year with our Specialist PE teacher.
Physical Education plays an important part in the overall educational development of our students and is known to assist students across a number of ways:
- Supporting improved concentration and focus – which has a positive impact in students across their whole schooling experience.
- Development of teamwork and leadership skills
- Supporting development of fine and gross motor skills, muscle and bone development – supporting healthy and strong bodies
- Promotion of development of self-confidence
- Promotion of positive strong bonds and relationships between peers
- Development of positive exercise habits promoting healthy and active lifestyle habits
- Supporting positive emotional regulation development and expression
There are many opportunities for students to access a range of extra-curricular sporting activities, including House Sports Days, Track and Field Athletics, District Swimming and Interschool Sport, particularly though Grades 3 – 6.
All students complete a swimming program every year. Prep to Grade 4 participate in swimming lessons at the local pool and Grade 5/6 participate in a local beach swimming program.
French Language Program
Frankston Primary School promotes the learning of language through our highly regarded French language program and the huge benefits for our students to learn the French language. Including:
- Strengthening students’ understanding of the nature of language, of culture, and of the processes of communication⠀⠀⠀
- Developing students’ intercultural capability – including respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives⠀⠀
- Developing student understanding of how culture shapes and extends understanding of self – heritage, values, beliefs, culture and identity⠀
- Building and strengthening intellectual, analytical, creative and critical thinking capabilities.
Family participation and involvement are extremely important at Frankston Primary School and we enjoy strong connections and partnerships with our French speaking-connected families who readily support our students in their French learning right across the school – including guest presentations at assembly, participation in class learning from P – 6 assisting with pronunciation, sharing cultural experiences and activities and supporting whole school French-themed days.⠀⠀